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You don’t usually expect potty humor from us, but this Spaceref post about a very special study was impossible to ignore. (Background: Orion is NASA’s new Crew Exploration Vehicle project.)

Sent: Friday, July 11, 2008 3:00 PM
Subject: Urine Collection Study Donor Request
Who: All Houston-SLS Associates, employees at 2200 Space Park, and any visitors to the building
What: Please donate your urine to our study
When: Monday, July 21 – Thursday, July 31 from 6 a.m. until goal amount is collected each day including weekends

The Orion Program will be holding a urine collection study starting Monday, July 21 and running through Thursday, July 31, 2008. We are looking for
donors as we need to collect a large amount of urine per day for the entire
11 day period. […]

We will be hosting an informational meeting with encouraged attendance for
potential urine donors from 11-11:30 a.m. Thursday, July 17, 2008 in the
first floor conference room. In this meeting we will go over instructions
and guidelines for the study and introduce volunteers to the equipment that
will be used in the study. […]

Please see the attached Donor Guide for further information on donating.

So yeah. I can’t say for certain what they might be testing, but they certainly must need a lot if they’re asking visitors to participate as well. This explanation of space toilets by a Canadian astronaut might be a partial answer:

What do you think the study goals might be?

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